Texas Lemon Law Attorney
When you walk into a dealership to purchase a new car, you expect to drive home in a vehicle that will serve you well for many years to come. You do not expect to be dealing with a ton of costly repairs just weeks or months after you finalize the transaction.
If you currently find yourself in this nightmare scenario, you will be pleased to know that there are laws in place to protect your financial interests. With the help of an experienced Texas lemon law attorney, such as those here at Lorenz & Lorenz, LLP, you may be able to file a lemon law claim.
How the Lorenz & Lorenz, LLP Team Can Help You with Your Lemon Law Case
The lawyers here at Lorenz & Lorenz, LLP are dedicated to working hard on behalf of each and every one of our clients. When you hire us to represent you in your lemon law case, you can expect us to:
Provide You with Sound Legal Advice
The success or failure of an average Texas lemon law case tends to be highly dependent on the steps taken before, during, and after filing a claim. Smart decisions usually result in positive outcomes, while poor choices often lead to less-than-optimal resolutions.
Having been through the process countless times before, the attorneys here at Lorenz & Lorenz, LLP can easily help you figure out the best moves to make in just about any scenario. From the beginning of your case to its conclusion, our team will be by your side providing you with the advice you need.
File All Necessary Paperwork on Your Behalf
Filing a Texas lemon law claim can require quite a lot of paperwork and documentation. Most cases involve the filing of the initial purchasing receipts, all repair records, and a host of other documents. This process can be extremely time-consuming.
Fortunately, when you work with Lorenz & Lorenz, LLP, we will handle all of your case’s paperwork on your behalf. Our team of experienced attorneys, paralegals, and administrative assistants will ensure that every document is filled out accurately and filed on time.
If you would like to have the Lorenz & Lorenz, LLP team help you with your lemon law claim, please do not hesitate to reach out to us and arrange an initial consultation. Our lawyers are ready, willing, and able to fight tirelessly on your behalf.
Understanding Texas Lemon Law
If you purchase a faulty vehicle in the state of Texas, there are two main laws that offer you some financial protection – Texas Lemon Law and the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act:
Texas Lemon Law
The Texas Lemon Law is a piece of consumer protection legislation that is designed to help drivers get rid of their faulty or defective new vehicles. Generally speaking, a vehicle may be declared a lemon if it meets all of the following criteria:
- The vehicle has an abnormal condition or a serious defect
- This condition or defect is covered by the manufacturer’s warranty
- The owner of the vehicle reports the condition or defect to the manufacturer within the warranty period
- The owner of the vehicle gives the manufacturer a reasonable number of attempts to repair the defect or condition
- The condition or defect persists, substantially impairing the vehicle’s use or market value, or creating a serious safety hazard
- The owner files a lemon law claim in a timely manner
The Texas Lemon Law uses three tests to assess whether or not a vehicle qualifies as a lemon. They are:
The Four-Times Test
A vehicle will pass the four-times test if it has been taken to a dealership for repairs:
- Two times for the same defect within the first 12 months or 12,000 miles of ownership, and
- Two more times during that 12-month/12,000-mile period after the second repair attempt, and
- The defect still has not been repaired
The Serious Safety Hazard Test
A vehicle will pass the Texas Lemon Law serious safety hazard test if it has been taken to a dealership to repair a serious safety hazard:
- Once during the first 12 months or 12,000 miles of ownership, and
- Once more during that 12-month/12,000-mile period after the first repair attempt, and
- The serious safety hazard has not been repaired
The 30 Days Test
A vehicle will pass the 30 days test if it has been out of service because of an issue that is covered by the manufacturer’s warranty:
- For 30 days or more during the first 24 months or 24,000 miles of ownership, and
- There were at least two repair attempts during the first 12 months or 12,000 miles of ownership, and
- A substantial problem still exists with the vehicle
Individuals who wish to pursue a Texas Lemon Law case must file suit within 30 months of purchasing the vehicle. Filings that are made after that date will be dismissed and will not be eligible for any form of restitution.
Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act
Texas consumers whose faulty vehicles are not covered under the Texas Lemon Law may still be eligible to recover financial restitution by filing a warranty claim under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act (15 U.S.C. 50 § 2301-2312). This consumer law was enacted in 1975 to prevent manufacturers from placing unreasonable or unethical restrictions on their warranties.
Broadly speaking, the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act states that if a product (such as a motor vehicle) is found to have a defect that is covered under its warranty, the manufacturer is obliged to offer a repair, a replacement, or a refund. If the manufacturer fails to live up to their obligations, the consumer may opt to file suit against them to recover damages.
If you need a Texas lemon law lawyer to help you fight for financial restitution after purchasing a faulty motor vehicle, please contact the law office of Lorenz & Lorenz, LLP as soon as possible. The attorneys at our law firm have the knowledge and experience needed to handle just about any case.
Potential Resolutions to Texas Lemon Law Cases
The potential outcomes of Texas lemon law cases are largely dependent on the legal theory that was pursued. Claims that are filed under the Texas Lemon Law are often resolved with a repurchase or replacement. Meanwhile, breach of warranty claims under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act are usually resolved with a cash settlement.
To have a Lorenz & Lorenz, LLP lemon law attorney walk you through the potential outcomes of your case, all you need to do is give us a call and set up a free consultation. We will be more than happy to review the details of your case and provide you with our expert opinion.
Cost to Hire a Lemon Law Lawyer
Many Texans believe that hiring an attorney to represent them in their lemon law case will be prohibitively expensive. In reality, however, many lemon law claims can be handled by an experienced lawyer at zero cost to the consumer. Any attorney fees that are incurred during litigation are often paid by the vehicle manufacturer.
Should you have any additional questions about the process of filing a lemon law claim, please do not hesitate the Lorenz & Lorenz, LLP legal team. We are always available to provide guidance to our friends and neighbors here in Texas.
How Long Do Texas Lemon Law Cases Take?
Because every Texas lemon law claim is different, the length of time that it takes to resolve each case can vary significantly. Some cases can be settled in as little as a few weeks, while others may drag on for more than a year. On average, however, most lemon law cases are resolved in approximately 2-4 months.
The best way to know how long it is likely to take to finalize your lemon law case is to schedule an appointment to speak with a Lorenz & Lorenz, LLP attorney. We will be happy to review the details of your claim, compare it against historic cases, and provide you with an estimate of how long you can expect to wait to resolve your case.
Are Leased Vehicles Covered Under the Texas Lemon Law?
Many people believe that the Texas Lemon Law only applies to new vehicles that have been purchased from a dealership in the Lone Star State. However, this is not the case. This piece of legislation also provides protection to drivers who opt to lease instead of buy.
To be eligible for restitution under the Texas Lemon Law, leased vehicles must meet all of the same criteria as a purchased vehicle. Lessees whose faulty or defective vehicles do not qualify for protection under this law may still be able to file for damages under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, however.
To find out if your leased vehicle qualifies under the Texas Lemon Law, all you need to do is contact the Lorenz & Lorenz, LLP team. We are always available to provide you with the information you require.
Experienced Texas Lemon Law Attorneys
The lawyers here at Lorenz & Lorenz, LLP have been fighting on behalf of the people of Texas for years. We would be honored to do the same for you. To set up a free consultation with a member of our experienced team, just give us a call or contact us online.